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The Load

October 18, 2019

The Load

(Dir. Ognjen Glavonić, 2018)

Los Angeles premiere!
Video introduction by director Ognjen Glavonić.


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Echo Park Film Center
12000 N. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Premiering to rapturous reviews in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Ognjen Glavonić’s narrative feature debut, The Load, is a taut suspense thriller recalling The Wages of Fear and Sorcerer.  During NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999, Vlada, a truck driver, is  hired to undertake a treacherous path across his war-torn country and  deliver mysterious cargo. On a journey where friend and foe prove  indistinguishable, Vlada comes to realize the horrifying ramifications  of his mission. Brilliantly photographed and overwhelmingly atmospheric,  The Load signals the arrival of a major talent.

Critic's Pick! An atmospheric, gripping film.

- Glenn Kenny, New York Times

Harrowing. A willful anti-thriller. An impressive new filmmaker.

- Jessica Kiang, Variety

Four stars. This is one of the year’s best films. A mesmerizing narrative feature debut.

- Matt Fagerhom,

Has  that rare quality of dramatizing not the obvious evils of a conflict,  but the torturous grey zone of how survival can implicate participation.

- Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

With The Load Glavonić does what [Sergei] Loznitsa did in his 2012 WWII film In the Fog: he makes an exceptional war film that never once shows the atrocities of war, never tries to represent the unrepresentable.

- Azadeh Jafari, Cinema Scope

(Available to download after screening date)

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